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2014

University of Iowa

Low birth weight

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Preterm Birth: Prediction, Prevention, Care, Brandon Wesley Alleman May 2014

Preterm Birth: Prediction, Prevention, Care, Brandon Wesley Alleman

Theses and Dissertations

Preterm birth (PTB) is defined as birth before 37 weeks gestational age. PTB is a common outcome and one that may be increasing in prevalence with serious individual and public health implications both immediately and long term. While PTB is a pregnancy specific outcome it is more appropriately viewed as the culmination of risk factors present both before pregnancy and possibly in past generations. This thesis attempts to review the implications, risk factors and current prevention strategies directed at PTB while placing it in an intergenerational and life cycle context. Three novel investigations are presented and their consequences are discussed ...